US Foreign Policy in World History

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Psychology Press, 2000 - History - 255 pages
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A survey of US foreign relations and its perceived crusade to spread liberty and democracy in the 200 years since the American Revolution. This book explores whether consciousness and spirit has been driven by materialism as Marx believed all history has been. David Ryan undertakes a systematic and material analysis of US foreign policy, whilst also explaining the policymakers' grand ideologies and the ideas that have shaped US diplomacy. It explores these arguments by taking a thematic approach structured around central episodes and ideas in the history of US foreign relations and policy making, including: the Monroe Doctrine, its philosophical goals and impact; Imperialism and expansionism; the Cold War; Third World development; the evil empires of Nasser, the Sandinistas and Saddam Hussein; and the place of goal for economic integration within foreign affairs.

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The empire for liberty
Monroeism in US policy
old and new
Constructing the American Century
Arsenal for democracy and selfdetermination?
Containing the East integrating the West
Revolution and development in the Cold War
Confronting evil and imagined empires
Concluding through contemporary dilemmas

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During his thirty-five-year career, David Ryan, presently adjunct curator of design at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, has organized exhibitions, projects, & publications related to modernist design, including "The Minneapolis Institute's Documents as Art" (1969) & "Art Deco" (1972), and, while he served as director of the Fort Worth Art Museum, "Joseph Hoffman: Design Classics" (1982).

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